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Blackmagic Design Introduced UltraStudio HD Mini



Blackmagic Design has introduced the UltraStudio HD Mini, the world’s first portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution designed for archiving, edit monitoring, streaming, and live broadcast graphics. UltraStudio HD Mini is in stock and available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for $495.

Blackmagic Design took a different direction with UltraStudio HD Mini, by including some new connections that people needed, and removing ones that people don’t use anymore (like analog out).

People are capturing from older analog and digital broadcast decks for archiving content to modern digital media files. People also want to run live graphics into switcher with fill and key and of course, we often need to get high quality monitoring in HDMI and SDI when editing and color grading and need perfect AV sync. It also works with Open Broadcaster software for 1080p streaming.

UltraStudio HD Mini has been designed to do those tasks well. Blackmagic Design fit it all into the small Teranex Mini sized design. It is Thunderbolt powered so you don’t need to connect it to a power supply. You can power it from your laptop battery.

If you add the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel you also get video, audio meters and status, including a new frame buffer indicator to assist in evaluating disk performance on broadcast systems. You can also rack mount multiple units using the Teranex Mini Rack Shelf. The optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel is $85.

UltraStudio HD Mini features professional broadcast quality connections that include 3G-SDI, analog YUV and composite NTSC/PAL video inputs, along with a reference input. There are also two 1/4” audio connections for analog audio input that work with balanced HiFi sources. In addition, UltraStudio HD Mini can remote control professional broadcast decks using the built in RS-422 connection. For output, you get dual link 3G-SDI with fill and key, and an HDMI connection for monitoring video with a big screen television.


Telestream Wirecast 7.6 is Here!



Telestream has released Wirecast 7.6, the newest version of Wirecast. You can upgrade to this version from the Telestream website.

Produce your live shows in a whole new way – workgroup production is now possible by using and sharing sources from your entire network. Now it’s easier than ever to bring IP video sources into Wirecast over your local network. Wirecast will now automatically detect and receive any video or audio that is broadcast via Newtek’s high-quality, low-latency NDI protocol.

Add high-resolution, live video from cameras, Adobe Creative Cloud apps (such as Adobe Character Animator) graphics (such as NewBlue titles), scoreboards and screen capture sessions, directly into your Wirecast stream.

Here is a list of improvements in Wirecast 7.6:

  • Capture NewTek NDI sources
  • Fixed RSS feeds not working properly in the Text widget
  • Fixed a crash occurring as a result of using a large number of CFF sources (i.e. Titles)
  • Fixed an issue where Toggle Broadcast for Periscope was greyed out
  • Changed Periscope API for “Should Tweet” to “Should Not Tweet”
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when a YouTube Event ended by closing an unsaved document
  • Fixed an issue where the cursor exits the Places field after each key stroke in the Facebook destination
  • Added a better error message if Facebook prevents creating a stream due to broadcasting copyrighted material
  • Added more encoder presets for Facebook destination
  • Display settings for previously scheduled Facebook events
  • Fixed an issue where deleting an encoder from Periscope’s dashboard would break authentication until restarting Wirecast
  • Fixed issues when performing Smooth transition via Keyboard Shortcuts set to Shots

Blackmagic Design Announced DaVinci Resolve 14



Blackmagic Design recently announced DaVinci Resolve 14.  It is a dramatic upgrade that is the biggest release in the history of the software. There is currently a public beta for DaVinci Resolve 14 that can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website for free.

The DaVinci Resolve 14 update was designed to solve some of the bigger problems in post production. The first problem was performance. They have made some dramatic performance gains and DaVinci Resolve 14 is now up to 10 times faster than the previous release. It’s very fluid and much more responsive.

With DaVinci Resolve 14, they have built in Farlight audio on its own new page in the software. It’s incredibly powerful and can play back up to 1,000 tracks with parametric EQ, dynamics and plug ins on every track, all in real time, when used with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card. It’s also very powerful when run on a stock computer system as well.

Because audio for film and television is a lot more complex, Blackmagic Design thinks integrating it into DaVinci Resolve will make it fast and easy. It’s just a button click away. Plus, it works with the full sized Farlight consoles so it makes an amazing combination.

To make this workflow really fast, you want people to be able to edit, color and do audio post production all working together, on the same job at the same time. To make this easy, DaVinci Resolve 14 now integrates extremely powerful collaboration tools to make that easy.

With editing, advanced color correction and these new Farlight audio tools, DaVinci Resolve 14 is like getting 3 high end applications in one. The performance improvements and new audio features are built into the free DaVinci Resolve software you can download for free. However, the new collaboration tools and some of the plug ins are only available in the paid DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Blackmagic Design has now reduced the price if the full DaVinci Resolve Studio to $299 so that it is much more affordable. It can be purchased on the BlackMagic website.


Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R Now Available with Thunderbolt 3



Sonnet Technologies is the leading provider of Thunderbolt-to-PCle card expansion systems; pro media readers; and storage, network and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet has announced that their Echo Express III-D and their Echo Express III-R are now available with Thunderbolt 3.

Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D (desktop) and Echo Express III-R (rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-Ple Express (PCle) three-slot expansion chassis are now shipping with full support for Thunderbolt 3. With the new interface, both systems enable users of Mac computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 2750 MB/s of PCl Express bandwidth to support more fully even the most demanding, highest performance adapter cards.

Echo Express III-D and Echo Express-R Thunderbolt 3 Editions provide one x16and two x8 PCle 3.0 slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCle cards. The III-D and the III-R Thunderbolt 3 editions support the use of every Thunderbolt 3 – and macOS compatible PCle card available, including professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel (FC), 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID controller cards.

A dual-port 40Gpbs Thunderbolt 3 interface, which offers double the bandwidth and connectivity of Thunderbolt 2, enables the Sonnet systems to support 4K video I/O cards at high frame rates, as well as other bandwidth-hungry cards. In addition to support for the most demanding, highest performance PCle cards, the III-D and III-R Thunderbolt 3 editions offer support for connecting two 4K displays or one 5K display. For connected devices requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to connected bus-powered devices through the Thunderbolt cable.

Both chassis feature a built-in universal 300-watt power supply with a 75-watt auxiliary power connector to support PCle cards with higher power requirements. Also, the systems integrate two large ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans to enable their use in noise-sensitive environments. In addition to providing extra space to install two 5.25-inch mobile rack devices within the same enclosure using one of Sonnet’s Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits, the III-R also features captive thumbscrews for easy card installation.

The Echo Express III-D – Thunderbolt 3 Edition is expected to be available May 22, 2017, at a suggested retail price of $899. The Echo Express III-R – Thunderbolt 3 Edition is expected to be available May 22, 2017, at a suggested retail price of $999.

Visit Sonnet Technologies at the NAB 2017 in Booth #SL9927.


Cerevo Exhibits Leading Streaming Devices at NAB 2017



Cerevo was founded in 2008 and is located in Tokyo, Japan with a branch office in Redmond, WA, USA. Cerevo is a small batch company focusing on making unique networked devices and connected solutions for both consumer and professional users based on its “Global Niche” concept. Cerevo will be exhibiting its complete line-up of leading streaming and IoT devices at NAB 2017.

LiveWedge is the award winning live streaming video switcher, mixer, and recorder with 4x HDMI inputs. It also broadcasts live video simultaneously via the internet. Easy user control is available via the free LiveWedge companion iOS/Android tablet app. It also supports PnP and chroma keying as well as all basic transitions such as wipe, fade, cut, etc.

LiveShell X is the latest and most advanced model in Cerevo’s line of award-winning LiveShell devices. It supports live broadcast streaming without a PC through HDMI input encoding at up to 1080/60p in H.265 or H.264 and real time recording via microSD and multicasting with up to 3 simultaneous streams. LiveShell X provides stable, professional quality streaming. It also supports simultaneous multi-streaming and the ability to add subtitles and lower third graphics.

LiveShell PRO is the Mid-range live streaming device supporting analog inputs as well as HDMI. The LiveShell PRO is a mid-range wireless video streamer. Video and audio is encoded in H.264 and AAC at 720p resolution and up to Mbps bit rate. The replaceable, rechargeable battery allows you to broadcast from anywhere with an internet connection.

LiveShell 2 is the world’s most cost effective PC-less live streaming device. The successor to “LiveShell”, Cerevo’s highly regarded live streaming device that was first released in 2011. This model retains the compact and portable design of its predecessor while adding support for HD streaming. Live streaming is possible via wired LAN or Wi-Fi. The addition of 5GHz Wi-Fi support means stable streaming is possible even in bandwidth-congested areas.

Visit Cerevo at Central Hall booth #C1046 at NAB 2017.

 


Point Source Audio Unveiling CO2-8WL Microphone at NAB 2017



Point Source Audio will unveil the world’s first microphone with built-in backup at NAB 2017. The CO2-8WL Lavalier is two mics in one supporting two separate wireless transmitters.

Point Source Audio is an innovator of miniature microphone technology. They will introduce their latest advancement, a fully redundant dual element microphone – adding to its award-winning collection of miniature microphones on display at the 2017 NAB Show. The microphone offers precisely matched elements for redundancy in a single self contained housing and is ideal for talent requiring microphone backup assurance in live broadcasting and production environments.

The redundant microphone will offer broadcast and production technicians peace of mind with a fast and simple method of providing backup for critical on-air broadcasts of live talent. The mic’s one-of-a-kind design pairs two microphone elements into a single housing to create a form factor that is more streamlined and lower profile. Used with the company’s proprietary razor thin Slider mic clips or EMBRACE Earmounts, redundancy is accomplished with style – not cable clutter.

The built-in backup design mates the dual mics as well as their independent and continuous wire paths into a singlular housing and wire jacket giving technicians a clean alternative to cumbersome cable dressing. The mic cable splits approximately nine inches above connection to the body-pack transmitters to allow ample room for separation of the transmitters.

The matched redundant microphone will be available as a standalone lavalier (CO2-8WL) that is part of the company’s SERIES8 category of performance microphones. Additionally, it will be offered within the EMBRACE category of earmountable lavaliers when absolute mic concealment is needed.

Point Source Audio’s new redundant mic options will be demonstrated to attendees of 2017 NAB Show (booth #C1110) in Las Vegas and are expected to be available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide beginning June 2017.


Small Batch Audio Introduces Podcaster Pro



Small Batch Audio introduces the Podcaster Pro rig. This revolutionary USB audio device, no bigger than a book, is the first device specifically made to optimize human voice recording for podcasting.

Small Batch Studio is going to launch a Kickstarter. You can sign up for Adam Curry’s Kickstarter Update email list to get the latest about their upcoming Kickstarter.

Podcaster Pro is for podcasters who are tired of lugging professional musician equipment around, or resorting to post-production to “fix it in the mix”. The entire unit is driven by a Digital Signal Processing microchip, specifically chosen to deliver Zero Latency sound processing. This allows you to do what you never could with even the most powerful PC: adjust and monitor your ‘sound’ with all processing in place while recording (or livestreaming) your show.

A list of some Podcaster Pro features:

* 2 Mic/Line channels. Each has a custom pre-amp with phantom power

* Full processing chains for each Mic/Line input with individual Noise Gate, Compressor/Limiter and 5 band EQ

* A single USB2.0 connector puts two Digital Audio Devices on your computer

* The first sound device is used to get sound in and out of your PC/Mac/Linux computer or laptop

* Use the sound out with your favorite audio software. From a simple music player like iTunes, to a full blown soundboard, you use what feels comfortable. The Podcaster Pro also has a full processing chain for your PC audio with a Compressor/Limiter and 5 band EQ

* The second sound device is for Skype, or any other communications program you like to use such as FaceTime, Mumble or any VOIP application. It is already pre-configured as a ‘mix-1’ in Podcaster Pro and has its own noise gate, Compressor/Limiter and 5 band EQ to make your remote co-host or guest sound optimal.

* An analog output for recording your master signal to an external device

* Two headphone jacks, one on each side of the case for easy access by the host and a guest. Each has volume control that can be assigned to one of only two control knobs on the case, which are nice and big and allow for your guest to adjust their own volume as required.

* Any one of the three ‘soft buttons’ on the case can be assigned as a cough button.


Sennheiser’s MKE 2 Matches Audio to GoPro HERO 4 Videos



Sennheiser points out that we can record extraordinarily vivid films on our actions cams. The audio, however, is often ordinary. That has changed!

Audio specialist Sennheiser has launched the MKE 2 elements microphone. Thanks to its innovative and windproof and waterproof design, the new microphone for GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver cameras lets you capture incredible, high-quality sound even in the most demanding conditions.

The Sennheiser MKE 2 elements is the first microphone to be GoPro-verified for seamless operation with the GoPro HERO4. And just like an ultra-rugged GoPro camera in its protective housing, the new mic has been specifically designed to be tough enough to go virtually anywhere, and easily withstand conditions such as water, wind and snow.

Rugged, waterproof, and uniquely capable of the elements, the MKE 2 elements can take on virtually anything GoPro users throw at it – even activities like surfing, climbing or mountain biking. It is based on a professional Sennheiser miniature microphone design that has been enhance to make it nearly immune to snow, water, ice, and wind, with an elastic suspension cutting out structure-borne noise.

It comes with a robust dedicated back cover for the GoPro HERO4 that ensures seamless, easy operation and a rock-solid waterproof connection with the camera housing. Further proof from the elements is provided by a special foam windshield that, unlike a conventional foam or hairy shield, continues to reduce wind noise for clear sound even when it gets wet.

The MKE 2 elements action mic for GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver cameras will be available starting April 24, 2017. Get ready for your next adventure!


Vaddio Announces New HDBaseT Solutions



Vaddio is the premier global manufacturer of PTZ cameras, professional AV solutions and a full suite of Unified Communication and Collaboration products for the audiovisual, videoconference, and broadcast marketplaces.

Vaddio announced the addition of two new RoboSHOT PTZ Cameras with integrated HDBaseT technology, for transmission of ultra-high definition video and audio, Ethernet, controls, and power – all over a single cable. When paired with a Vaddio OneLink receiver, end-users can eliminate cable clutter and simplify installations, without compromising performance or quality.

The new RoboSHOT 12 and RoboSHOT 30 HDBT Cameras offer superior wide dynamic range (WDR) for clear detail in high-contrast, bright lighting conditions. The RoboSHOT 30 HDBT Camera is designed with an Exmor R image sensor which gives the camera better light gathering capabilities and provides incredible contrast, vivid colors, and sharp images in dimly-lit interiors.

The RoboSHOT 30 HDBT Camera features a 30x optical zoom lens and a 2.3-degree (tele) to 65-degree (wide) horizontal field of view, making it ideal for medium to large venues such as houses of worship, lecture theaters, and IMAG systems. The RoboSHOT 12 HDBT PTZ Camera provides a 12x optical zoom and a 73-degree wide horizontal field of view, making it perfect for video conferencing applications.

The new cameras also include Vaddio PTZ features including:

  • Tri-Synchronous Motion technology which allows all three axes of the camera (pan, tilt and zoom) to move simultaneously for ultra-smooth, natural camera motion
  • Simultaneous video outputs including HDBaseT, HDMI and IP (H.264) streaming
  • Web-based configuration and management

Visit Vaddio at NAB 2017 at Central Hall booth #C8012.


Sanken Microphones at NAB 2017



Sanken is Japan’s oldest and most original microphone manufacturer. They design products for studio and location recording. When it comes to brilliant solutions to the rigorous challenges of action sound, today’s discerning professionals turn to Sanken, with its comprehensive lineup of versatile microphones designed to deliver optimum sound in the real world of broadcast.

Sanken’s lavalier microphones have become a de facto standard throughout the broadcast, film, and live theater industries. Ultra-miniature and boasting the original “vertical diaphragm” design, the COS-11D is easy to conceal and provides a full 20Hz to 20kHz natural sonic spectrum.

Shotgun microphones are a mainstay of field recording and Sanken has designed a model to meet virtually every need.

  • CS-1e: Only 7 inches in length, lightweight and simple to mount on cameras.
  • CS-2: Great sounding long reach microphone
  • CSR-2: Long reach with rear rejection, especially useful for crowds.
  • CS-3e: Flagship industry problem solver, great off axis rejection
  • CSS-5: Introduced as world’s first stereo shotgun, three modes of operation
  • CMS-10: Superior camera mount M-S mic
  • WMS-5: World’s first 5-channel surround mic in one unit

Visit Sanken at NAB 2017 in Central Hall booth #C3851